Gettysburg's Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil's Den, July 2, 1863 (Paperback)

Gettysburg's Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil's Den, July 2, 1863 By Phillip Thomas Tucker Cover Image

Gettysburg's Most Hellish Battleground: The Devil's Den, July 2, 1863 (Paperback)

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During the crucial three days of combat at Gettysburg, the most nightmarish place on the entire battlefield was appropriately named the Devil's Den. This jumble of huge boulders situated at the southern end of Houck's Ridge was truly a hell on earth during the decisive afternoon of July 2, 1863. The tenacious struggle that raged beyond control at the battle-line's southern end was all-important, because the Devil's Den and Houck's Ridge anchored the left flank of the over-extended Union battle-line, before Federal troops occupied Little Round Top to the east. The battle-hardened veterans of Lieutenant General James Longstreet's First Corps captured this vital sector-- the first Union left flank--in one of the few Southern successes of the second day, after some of the war's most bitter fighting.

Nevertheless, the dramatic story of the successful turning of the first Union left flank has been long overlooked and ignored largely because of the giant historical shadow cast by the more famous struggle at Little Round Top, which was only the second and last fight for the southern flank of both armies on July 2. Therefore, the important contest for possession of the first Union left flank at the Devil's Den and Houck's Ridge was crucial on the bloody afternoon that decided the fate of America.

Product Details ISBN: 9781634991230
ISBN-10: 1634991230
Publisher: America Through Time
Publication Date: April 29th, 2019
Pages: 256
Language: English